(KMOV.com) – With July 4 approaching, firefighters are reminding residents most fireworks are illegal in Illinois.
With the exception of novelties such as sparklers and snakes, fireworks are illegal in Illinois. Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour told News 4 one third of firework related injuries result from people using firecrackers and bottle rockets.
“Whether it’s against the law or not, people are going to do it. So our biggest concern is the small children. Make sure their supervised,” Pour said.
40 percent of the 12,000 firework injuries in 2013 involved children. Despite the statewide ban, each municipality can adopt its own ordinances, creating some loopholes in the law.
In St. Louis City and County fireworks are not allowed without a permit. In some unincorporated parts of St. Louis County small fireworks such as smoke bombs, bottle rockets, and fountains are allowed.